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Hi I'm Chasten

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, mother of four girls, sister, daughter, and amateur cook. I like to bike and run a little and be outside in the warm weather. I love food and cooking a preparing healthy meals for my family. Finding fresh, healthy food to cook something new brings me great pleasure. Although the results are not always fantastic, I keep trying!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the teachings of Jesus Christ, our prophets, the scriptures including the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true. I was raised in another church by faithfuI parents who taught me honesty, work, and respect. I learned about God and Jesus Christ, but I always felt something was missing. I wondered why God would not communicate with His children. Where did my minister's authority come from? Why did he get paid? What about people who died without baptism or never knew Christ? What about keeping the Sabbath Day holy? Is there one way to be with God that is right for us all? My parents and minister could not answer these questions. At sixteen I met a young man who was a Mormon. Living far apart, we kept in touch with phone calls and letters. For two years we talked about life and my religious questions. While in college I began taking the missionary discussions and attending church. I knew immediately that the message the missionaries shared was true. They had answers to all of my questions. God loved me and spoke through revelation. The authority to baptize comes from God. Church leaders are not paid. Those who don't have the chance to know Christ or be baptized in this life can be baptized by proxy in temples. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy means focusing on the spiritual thing and refraining from business and recreation. There is one authority and one way be with Heavenly Father. I was thrilled and ready to be baptized by the proper authority. Although my parents did not agree they allowed me to make this choice on my own. Over the years my relationship with my parents has been strengthened. I believe this blessing is a direct result of my willingness to sacrifice all to follow the Lord. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one and only true Church on earth. It was restored to the same structure as Christ organized in the New Testament. I am also thankful everyday that I married that boy who showed me the way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving, nurturing, and teaching my family. As a wife and mother I spend my time preparing meals, helping with homework, playing, listening, guiding, and supporting. I truly believe that teaching my children about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father is the most important work I can do in this life. While I could have a career right now, I know that nothing I achieve in the world will matter in the next life. Although I'm not in the workforce now I do have a bachelor's degree and plan to go back to work as my children grow older. Education is very much part of my faith and I try to instill that in my children. Knowledge, whether secular or spiritual, opens doors. I try to be involved in my family's lives by attending soccer games, concerts, recitals, volunteering in my children's school. My husband and I go on regular dates. Strengthening our marriage and putting each other before everything else (including our children) helps us draw nearer to God and prepares us to be together for eternity. In my local ward I teach a class for women based on the teachings of our prophets and the scriptures. I also help the women of our congregation as they serve and watch over one another. I try my best to see those around me in my church, neighborhood, community, and everywhere else as God sees them. They are His children, just like me. "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." I live my faith by loving as the Savior did even when it seems hard. I am grateful to God for loving me despite my many flaws.